Mary Ann Mara | 1935-2013

Published Saturday, August 10, 2013

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Mary Ann Mara

Mary Ann Mara, 77, died Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013, at Abilene Regional Medical Center in Abilene.

Funeral is 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at The Hamil Family Funeral Home in Abilene with Mike Woodard officiating. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Ranger.

Mary Ann was born Dec. 22, 1935, in Valley Mills to Josie (Clemons) and J.W. Elder Sr. She graduated from Ranger High School in 1954 and married Chico native Bob Mara Nov. 28, 1953, in Ranger. She was a homemaker and member of Southwest Park Baptist Church in Abilene.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents and five brothers, John William Elder, Billy Ray Elder, James Edwin Elder, Sammy Lee Elder and Dean Elder.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Mara of Abilene; daughters Twanna Cooksey and husband, Larry, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Talena Mara of Garden Grove, Calif.; grandchildren Amberlee Cordeiro and husband, Guy, of Grand Junction, Colo., and Arlenda Newsom and husband, Brad, of Frederick, Colo.; and four great-grandchildren, Kyle Lemley, Cade Cordeiro, Kinley Newsom and Kaitlyn Newsom.

The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the gifted staff of IntegraCare Hospice for the outstanding care they provided.

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